European Strategic Intermodal Links
EUROSIL concludes that there is a need for better practice in assessing the added value of the impacts of IMO and its influence on area development. In summary, the state of the art shows that whilst IMO and area development benefits are often claimed, these are usually not sufficiently defined (including impacts by different actors etc), measured or evaluated. For example, the examination of the modelling approaches used in the 12 EUROSIL case studies revealed that only a minority of the modelling approaches adopted explicitly dealt with representing area development IMO effects in a detailed manner. Most of the models employed in the case studies do not explicitly address some of the fundamental requirements of assessing the area development impacts of multimodality, let alone intermodality and interoperability. Moreover, many of the transport models being used in the case studies do not have the full technical specification to address transport system impacts of intermodality and interoperability. An evaluation process has been developed into a EUROSIL oriented Evaluation framework, which enables a structured approach to the assessment of IMO impacts on area development: -The Evaluation Criteria Development Process (Stage I). -Modelling, Measuring, Estimating the Dynamics (Stage II). -The Evaluation / Assessment Process (Stage III). A set of guidelines is proposed for the modelling framework assessing the area development impacts resulting from IMO enhancements. As a link between Stages II and III it is essential to understand the significance of the magnitude of changes in measured indicators as a result of investments (impacts). The EUROSIL evaluation framework provides comprehensive guidance as a practical support for decision-makers with respect to evaluation / assessment of Area Development aspects of IMO projects. Towards this direction an approach has been developed that assists the person in charge in selecting the �right� properties (KEP). The modelling framework provides support for selecting the appropriate models for the assessment of cardinal (quantifiable) evaluation criteria, while for the rest of the properties (qualitative or mixed) a set of appropriate methods has been provided. EUROSIL provides guidelines and software (TRANSLATOR) facilitating an interface between the identification of IMO related properties, indicators and impacts and standard evaluation software. EUROSIL also concludes, from a pilot exercise applying elements of the EUROSIL evaluation framework within standard software packages, that there is scope for further user friendly developments of evaluation software, to make this more appropriate to evaluation issues likely to be confronted when considering IMO and their area development impacts in the TEN and PEN context. In cases where the decision-maker / person in charge will not apply a �sophisticated� evaluation but rather a quick assessment of different alternatives, a �Manual for Simplified Property Rating� has been constructed. This aims at supporting decision-makers in estimating or assessing the possible effects of IMO on Area Development whenever time, money or experience is lacking.